Tour Tracker: Johnson takes three-shot lead at TOC

Dustin Johnson hits a tee shot under a partial rainbow on the 13th hole during the replay of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course.

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KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Mother Nature finally cooperated, and no one was happier than Dustin Johnson.

After three weather-delayed rounds that saw Johnson never take an official shot, the bomber made up for lost time by going 11 under over 36 holes on Monday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to take a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday.

Johnson followed a 4-under 69 in Round 1 with a sizzling 7-under 66 in the afternoon round, including an eagle at the par-5 18th to finish his day.

"Whew, that could have been really good," said Johnson.

While winds were howling early in the morning, players took to the tee on-time at just after 7:10 a.m. local time, with Rickie Fowler hitting the season-opening shot for the third time in four days.

The 36 holes was grueling for the players on the ultra-long Plantation Course, leaving Ian Poulter to post on Twitter:

"So painful right now I can't feel my toes. This ice bath is no joke. I couldn't do this all the time. 36 holes on this course it helps."

Here's how the day unfolded in paradise . . .

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Update No. 48: 10:22 p.m. EST

There's no question the wind, while not as severe as the past few days, has had an adverse effect on the scoring. But judging by Dustin Johnson's performance on Monday, you'd think otherwise. Johnson just wrapped up a 7-under 66, which was capped by an eagle at No. 18. He currently has a three-shot lead on Steve Stricker.

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Update No. 47: 10:19 p.m. EST

Only three groups left on the course, and five of the six players still playing are T-7 or better, including four of the top 5 on the leaderboard.

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Update No. 46: 10:14 p.m. EST

Mark Wilson was leading this tournament at one point and now he's currently T-14 at 1 under after a second round 3-over 76. Ben Curtis also spent time near the top of the leaderboard, but is now T-18 at even par thanks to a second-round, 3-over 76.

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Update No. 45: 10:10 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson just dropped a shot with a bogey at No. 17 and now leads Steve Stricker by one stroke. Johnson has one hole left while Stricker has two holes remaining in his second round. Also, Tommy Gainey is 4 under through 17 holes today, and is 5 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 44: 9:54 p.m. EST

Steve Stricker just birdied No. 6 to move to 8 under, two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson. Stricker is through 15 holes and is two shots clear of third place, which is shared by Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker, who are all at 6 under.

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Update No. 43: 9:31 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson has built a three-shot lead. Johnson is now 10 under, and 6 under through 16 holes today. He leads Steve Stricker, who is solo second at 7 under.

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Update No. 42: 9:15 p.m. EST

Kyle Stanley just wrapped up a 7-over 80, the first round in the 80s of 2013. He's 12 over through two rounds.

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Update No. 41: 9 p.m. EST

The first groups are starting to finish their second rounds. One of those is Matt Kuchar. Last time we updated you on Kuchar, he was 5 over on the round. Well, he turned it around in a big way, making five birdies and an eagle in his last 10 holes to finish with a 2-under 71. He is now 1 under for the tournament.

Also finished are Rickie Fowler (1-over 74, 2 under for the tournament), Keegan Bradley (69, 6 under), John Huh (71, 2 under), Webb Simpson (72, 2 under) and Jason Dufner (77, 3 over)

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Update No. 40: 7:52 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker, the FedEx Cup champ in 2012, is off to a hot start in Round 2, moving to 6 under overall with four birdies over his first seven holes (he started on the back nine).

Snedeker is one ahead of Dustin Johnson and two in front of Keegan Bradley and defending champ Steve Stricker.

On the other end of the spectrum, both Zach Johnson (thru eight holes) and Jason Dufner (thru 14 holes) are 4 over on their respective second rounds.

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Update No. 39: 6:33 p.m. EST

Jason Dufner birdie No. 10 to start his second round and move to 2 under. But he's now 3 over in six holes since then and currently sits at 1 over.

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Update No. 38: 6:28 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker has moved into a tie with Dustin Johnson for the lead at 4 under after a birdie on his opening hole of the second round (No. 10). Also, Webb Simpson is 1 under through six holes and has worked his way to 2 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 37: 6:16 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar is really struggling in these difficult conditions. He has bogeys on four of his first five holes and is 5 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 36: 5:59 p.m. EST

The wind is really starting to pick up at Kapalua and the scores are being affected. Of the 20 players who have completed at least one hole in the second round, just two (Marc Leishman and Jonas Blixt) are under par for their rounds (1 under).

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Update No. 35: 5:33 p.m. EST

Where did Nick Watney come from? Watney started his round with two bogeys in his first four holes and sat at 2 over through four. But Watney closed his round with four birdies and an eagle (at No. 18) to finish with a 4-under 69, which puts him in a three-way tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Mark Wilson.

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Update No. 34: 5:29 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson birdied No. 9 to move to 4 under and finish his first round in a tie with Mark Wilson for the lead.

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Update No. 33: 5:15 p.m. EST

And the first birdie of the second round belongs to Jason Dufner, who birdied No. 10 to move to 2 under. Matt Kuchar has the first bogey of Round 2 after a bogey at No. 1 dropped him to 2 over.

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Update No. 32: 5:07 p.m. EST

The second round has begun, as Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner are currently on No. 10. The wind is blowing pretty good right now, too.

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Update No. 31: 4:53 p.m. EST

A couple of missed birdie putts for Ben Curtis and Mark Wilson on No. 9. Wilson missed a 10 footer for a chance to take the outright lead while Curtis followed by missing an 8 footer, which would've moved him into a share of the lead. Wilson finishes with a 4-under 69 and Curtis comes in a stroke behind with a 3-under 70.

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Update No. 30: 4:44 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson and Mark Wilson among those sharing the lead at 4 under. From the 'It Takes All Kinds Dept.,' consider this: Johnson was fourth on tour in driving distance last season (310.2 yards), and Wilson was 183rd (276.0).

– Jeff Babineau

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Update No. 29: 4:32 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler winds up at 3 under, though he lets an opportunity slip by at the par-5 18th. He hits driver/8-iron onto the green on the 663-yard hole, but three putts leave him with a closing par. "It was nice to finally get a round in," he said.

– Jeff Babineau

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Update No. 28: 4:19 p.m. EST

While Mark Wilson, Tommy Gainey and Dustin Johnson sit at 4 under down the stretch run of their respective rounds, it hasn't been as good of a day for a handful of golfers at the bottom of the leaderboard.

George McNeill, who won for the second time in his career in 2012, is 6 over through 16 holes, while Kyle Stanley is 5 over also through 16 holes (they started on different nines). Scott Piercy and Marc Leishman are at 3 over, while Matt Kuchar and Ted Potter, Jr. are 2 over. Those are the only six players over par as Round 1 nears a close.

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Update No. 27: 4:09 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson responded to his first bogey of the day at No. 3 with a birdie at No. 4 to move back to 4 under, now tied with Mark Wilson for the lead. Wilson has four birdies on the day.

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Update No. 26: 3:57 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson picked up his first bogey of the day at the par-4 3rd hole to fall back to 3 under and now sits in a five-way tie for the lead.

Rickie Fowler is the first golfer to officially complete a 2013 PGA Tour round, carding a 3-under 70. Playing competitor Jason Dufner shot a 1-under 72.

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Update No. 25: 3:44 p.m. EST

The winds are looking more manageable as the round moves on, and the scores are getting better and better. Brandt Snedeker just moved to 3 under (one back of Dustin Johnson) with a birdie bomb at the par-4 10th.

Meanwhile, Hunter Mahan has birdied three of his last four holes to get back to even par on the day.

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Update No. 24: 3:31 p.m. EST

Despite the elements, the field is 12 under on the day, with eight of the 30 players over par on the day. 18 players are 1 under or better.

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Update No. 23: 3:28 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler is two holes away from completing the first round of 2013, moving to 3 under with a birdie at No. 16 to get to within a shot of leader Dustin Johnson.

Mark Wilson and Tommy Gainey are both at 3 under as well.

Fowler has five birdies and two bogeys on the day, picking up birdie on his last two holes and three on the back-nine.

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Update No. 22: 3:20 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson continues to tear up the Plantation Course, picking up a birdie at No. 18 to make the turn at 4 under and holds a one-shot lead over Tommy Gainey. There are eight players two shots back, including defending champion Steve Stricker.

Johnson has played the TOC three previous times with a T-9 in 2011, T-16 in 2010 and 11th in 2009.

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Update No. 21: 3:07 p.m. EST

Ben Curtis was 5 over through two holes on Sunday before play was called. He had four-putted his first two greens, too. With that said, he's got to be happy about the restart, the second of the tournament.

Curtis is currently 2 under through 10 holes of this morning's first round. He has birdies at Nos. 11, 18 and 1 after starting on No. 10.

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Update No. 20: 2:56 p.m. EST

Ian Poulter had a 426-yard drive on the par-4 12th earlier in the day. It was the first drive of more than 400 yards so far in the tournament. The shot found the right rough, about 12 yards from the hole, but Poulter had to settle for par after missing a 7 footer for birdie.

Bubba Watson had a drive of 386 yards at No. 12.

Nos. 17 and 18 have also yielded some long drives, including a 368-yard drive from Dustin Johnson at No. 17 and a 386-yard drive from Scott Stallings at No. 18.

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Update No. 19: 2:44 p.m. EST

Make it three straight birdies for Brandt Snedeker, who has birdies on Nos. 4-6 and has joined Tommy Gainey and Dustin Johnson atop the leaderboard at 3 under.

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Update No. 18: 2:40 p.m. EST

Here's a little fun fact: Dustin Johnson has won two weather-shortened events in his career (2011 Barclays and 2009 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). That accounts for a third of his career win total – he's won six PGA Tour events. Can he make it three rain-shortened victories after Tuesday's scheduled final round? He's off to a good start, holding a share of the lead at 3 under.

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Update No. 17: 2:32 p.m. EST

Tommy Gainey has two straight birdies (Nos. 15 and 16) and has moved to 3 under and into a share of the lead with Dustin Johnson. On the other end, Kyle Stanley is 5 over through eight holes and is in last place (30th) all by himself.

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Update No. 16: 2:26 p.m. EST

A little flip-flop at the top, as Dustin Johnson birdies No. 15 to move to 3 under and Jason Dufner bogeys No. 11 to fall back to 2 under. Johnson is now your leader.

Also, we brought you a weather update from Jim McCabe, now here's one from Jeff Babineau, who is also in Kapalua:

Winds are strong, but not what they have been, obviously. Pace of play is surprisingly good. First group off the tougher back nine (Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar) already through nine holes. Greens have been kept at manageable speeds to keep play from getting out of hand. Target before the tournament was 10 on the stimp. Tour official Slugger White says they're likely rolling closer to 8.5 now.

– Jeff Babineau

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Update No. 15: 2:18 p.m. EST

Here's a weather update from Kapalua:

Splashes of sun are ducking in and out of dark clouds which seem to be threatening, but moving quickly. Winds in same direction as they were all week, out of the northeast, but noticeably lighter.

The fact that groups played first nine in two hours (Fowler, Dufner) and a little more than two hours (Kucher, Simpson) speaks volumes for how playable things are.

– Jim McCabe

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Update No. 14: 2:13 p.m. EST

There's now a three-way tie for second behind leader Jason Dufner (3 under through nine holes). John Huh and Dustin Johnson have joined Mark Wilson at 2 under.

Other players under par include Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker, all of whom are at 1 under. Notables over par include Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney, all of whom are at 2 over. Mahan had just been at even before a double bogey at the par-5 fifth, where he didn't reach the green until shot No. 5 and then two-putted from about 5 feet.

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Update No. 13: 2:02 p.m. EST

Jason Dufner is now your solo leader after his latest birdie, at No. 9. He makes the turn at 3 under, one shot ahead of Mark Wilson and two shots ahead of a group that includes Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker.

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Update No. 12: 1:46 p.m. EST

Mark Wilson and Jason Dufner have made it a two-way tie for the lead now at 2 under. Dufner just birdied No. 8 while Wilson made birdie at No. 14, his fifth hole of the day. They now lead a pack of eight players at 1 under.

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Update No. 11: 1:41 p.m. EST

Zach Johnson and Tommy Gainey have joined the lead pack at 1 under. Johnson and Gainey each birdied their third hole of the day, Johnson at No. 12 and Gainey at No. 3.

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Update No. 10: 1:25 p.m. EST

Everyone has now teed off in Kapalua and there is currently a seven-way tie atop the leaderboard. Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, John Huh, Ian Poulter, Jonas Blixt, Ben Curtis and Mark Wilson are all at 1 under.

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Update No. 9: 1:14 p.m. EST

Kyle Stanley's tee shot ended up way left and in a hazard at the par-4 12th. The result: a double bogey, which drops him to 3 over.

Also, out of the 24 players who have completed at least one hole today, 11 of them are over par, nine are at even and four are under par.

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Update No. 8: 1:10 p.m. EST

We currently have four leaders sitting at 1 under: Jonas Blixt (through four holes), Ben Curtis (through two holes), Mark Wilson (through two holes) and Charlie Beljan (through one hole). All four of those guys started on the back nine.

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Update No. 7: 1:05 p.m. EST

The bogeys keep coming for Matt Kuchar, who just bogeyed the par-4 13th to fall back to 3 over. His approach was 30 yards short of the green and he missed a 10-footer for par.

Also, it has started to rain in Kapalua, adding to the poor conditions.

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Update No. 6: 12:59 p.m. EST

Webb Simpson has fallen back to 1 over after running into trouble at the par-4 13th, making double bogey. Simpson's drive went way left and into a native area. He then tried to put his second shot back into the fairway, but hit long and found the right rough, 100 yards from the pin. His chip ran 15 feet past the hole and he then missed the bogey putt.

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Update No. 5: 12:45 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar continues to struggle. After a bogey at the par-3 11th, where he left his tee shot way short of the green, Kuchar three-putted the green at No. 12, turning a 5-footer for par into a 6-footer for bogey, which he made to fall back to 2 over.

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Update No. 4: 12:38 p.m. EST

Webb Simpson and Jonas Blixt clearly don't mind Kapalua's wind. Both are 1 under par after 2 holes and tied for the lead. Simpson was in the lead when Friday's first attempt at the first round was canceled; he was 3 under par after seven holes. Blixt played his first 10 holes this week in 1 under par, according to the Associated Press' Doug Ferguson.

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Update No. 3: 12:30 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar led for much of the day Sunday before play was called. He's now 1 over through two holes. Joining him at 1 over is Keegan Bradley, who bogeyed his first hole of the day.

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson seems to be ready for his round, which is set to begin at 8:10 a.m.:

Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA): LET'S GO!!!!!! #Aloha

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Update No. 2: 12:22 p.m. EST

The first groups have teed off as Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley and John Huh are all out on the course. The winds haven't affected the players too much, at least looking at the scores, as Simpson, who was leading when play was called Friday, is already 1 under after a birdie at No. 10. No bogeys yet.

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Update No. 1: 12:09 p.m. EST

They're going to give it yet another go. It's still a bit windy (currently 14 mph), but the guys were out on the range early as they try in get in 54 holes before Tuesday evening.

Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA): We are warming up under the lights...got Keegan next to me http://instagr.am/p/UMJDp_Qu4R/

Fowler is scheduled to tee off at 7:10 a.m. local time (12:10 p.m. EST) in the first pairing along with Jason Dufner.

Here are the scheduled tee times for Round 1 (times are local):

7:10 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner

7:10 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson

7:20 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, John Huh

7:20 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Jonas Blixt

7:30 a.m.: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter Jr.

7:30 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Scott Stallings

7:40 a.m.: George McNeill, Ryan Moore

7:40 a.m.: Ben Curtis, Mark Wilson

7:50 a.m.: Johnson Wagner, J.J. Henry

7:50 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy

8 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan

8 a.m.: Charlie Beljan, Tommy Gainey

8:10 a.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney

8:10 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson

8:20 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker

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Sunday

DUST-UP: Johnny Miller called Ian Poulter's lengthy read of a putt on No. 11 "dramatic," and Poulter responded by taking to Twitter to call out the longtime NBC announcer. Story.

GROUNDHOG OPEN: Start and stop, start and stop, and after three long days of trying, everybody stands shoulder to shoulder at the starting line once again. Thus far, the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions has been the bridge to nowhere. Story.

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Saturday

WAITING GAME: For a second straight day, ferocious winds had forced PGA Tour officials to scrap play in the season-opener, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Story.

TOUGH TASK: The plan now is to play 36 holes Sunday and 18 holes Monday. With the forecast calling for 15-25-mph winds, with gusts up to 30, and little less moisture, golf is likely. The next problem could be stamina - not so much for the players but their caddies. Story.

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Friday

A CIRCUS: Our Alex Miceli says that the PGA Tour should listen to Carl Pettersson's sentiments after Friday's Round 1 washout in Hawaii: “Are we trying to identify the best player this week, or are we just trying to finish?” Commentary.

DO-OVER: Two hours into its 2013 season, the PGA Tour had to call things to a halt. Blame it on trouble in paradise – bizarre weather conditions that veteran residents of Maui insist they have never seen before. Story.

IN THEIR HONOR: Connecticut native J.J. Henry, who grew up about 20 miles away from Newtown, will honor the 26 victims of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with 'S.H.E.S.' on the side of his hat. Story.

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Thursday

PREDICTIONS: The 2013 PGA Tour season is set to kick off Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and our crew of fantasy experts lines up Scott Piercy as one of the early favorites in Kapalua, Hawaii. Picks.

STANDS BY HIMSELF: Rickie Fowler, whose preparations for the Tour's opener in Hawaii aren't necessarily confined to the practice range, stands out among his touring-pro brethren. Above all, though, he wants to win. Story.

STICKING WITH DECISION: Steve Stricker, a soon-to-be 46 year-old, says he has done almost all he set out to accomplish in the world of golf and his focus going forward is to spend more time with his family and give back to the community of Madison, Wis. Story.

MORE THAN A HERO: "He's a Ryder Cup hero. That defines who he is." Ian Poulter appreciates that notion, but feels that many ignore his success outside the biennial event. Story.

'SURPRISE:' Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter was questioned about Tom Watson as the next U.S. captain: “You're lining me up there to be absolutely crucified. I wasn't expecting it. So I guess it's a little surprise . . .” Story.

ON AN ISLAND: Carl Pettersson thinks the PGA Tour players who use belly or long putters are in this fight by themselves. "If they didn't use a short putter, why would they care?" Story.

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Wednesday

TRIP TO PARADISE: While the marquee names of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson won't be found at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, there are still many PGA Tour stars that will try to start the season off right in Hawaii this week. Story.

WHO'S FAVORED? It appears Las Vegas is hedging its bets partly because of the size and quality of the Hyundai TOC field making six players, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson co-favorites at 12-1. Odds.

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